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4th - 6st June 2024

4rd EPI-CATCH Conference

For info: Velimir Mladenov
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30th - 1st June 2023

3rd EPI-CATCH Conference

“EPIgenetic mechanisms of Crop Adaptation To Climate cHange”.
Organizer - Federico Martinelli
Sofia, Bulgaria

For info: Federico Martinelli
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12th - 14th July 2022

EPI-CATCH Conference

“EPIgenetic mechanisms of Crop Adaptation To Climate cHange”.
Organizer - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania
Crete - Greece

For info: Dr. Dorita Galea and Prof. Michal Lieberman Lazarovich

12th - 14th July 2021

EPI-CATCH Conference

“EPIgenetic mechanisms of Crop Adaptation To Climate cHange”.
Organizer - Federico Martinelli
Firenze - Italy


We are delighted to announce that the first conference on “Epigenetic Mechanisms of Crop Adaptation to Climate Change” (EPI-CATCH) will be held virtually from July 12th to 15th 2021.

EPICATCH (CA19125) is a newly launched COST action that aims to define, develop, generate and share new breaking knowledge and methodologies for the investigation of epigenetic mechanisms modulating plant adaptation to environmental stresses driven by climate change. The aim of the first EPI-CATCH conference is to: Introduce the key objectives and priorities of EPI-CATCH action.


The registration to this meeting is free. Please fill the form.

Abstract submission

Submissions for posters which will be presented as flash talks at the end of each day are open. Please send your application using the form. Please submit your abstracts by June 30th 2021. Participants of this scientific conference will have the opportunity to submit a manuscript on a special issue in Physiologia Plantarum dealing with plant adaptation mechanisms to climate change.


Day 1 - 12.07.21

Opening and Session 1
Chromatin regulation in plant adaptation

09:00 - 09:30

Poster display launch

09:30 - 10:00

Open ceremony and welcome address
Chairpersons: Federico Martinelli, Eirini Kaiserli

09:40 - 10:00

Federico Martinelli
Introduction to EPI-CATCH - EPIgenetic mechanisms of Crop Adaptation To Climate change

10:00 - 10:30

Maike Stam
Gene regulation by epigenetics and distant enhancers

10:00 - 10:50

Martijn Van Zanten
Histone deacetylase 9 control of Thermomorphogenesis; How plants perform optimally under non-optimal temperature conditions

10:50 - 11:10

Jordi Moreno
Epigenetic marks remodelling triggered by light quality changes in Arabidopsis seedlings

11:40 - 12:00

Gideon Grafi
Epigenetic mechanisms in plant adaptation to environmental stresses: A lesson from the desert plant Zygophyllum dumosum

12:00 - 12:20

Giorgio Perrella
Histone Deacetylase Complex 1 modulates stress transcriptional responses during seed germination in Arabidopsis thaliana

12:20 - 12:40

Miguel De Lucas

12:40 - 13:00

Edoardo Bertolini
The regulatory landscape of early maize inflorescence development

13:00 - 13:10

Flash talks from selected abstracts
M. Berger: “Epigenetic regulation during carbon shortage in grape cells in culture”

Day 2 - 13.07.21

Session 2
DNA methylation and RNA-directed mechanisms regulating plant adaptation.

Chairpersons: Stephane Maury, Na’ama Segal

10:00 - 10:30

Anna Amtmann
RdDM as a backup system in hormone signaling

10:30 - 10:50

Kevin Begcy

10:50 - 11:10

Sylvain Bischoff
Histone H3.3 incorporation in Arabidopsis

11:10 - 11:30

Marie Mirouze
Epigenetic control of genome stability in Arabidopsis

11:30 - 11:50

Javier Gallego-Bartolome

11:50 - 12:20

Coffee break and poster view

12:20 - 12:50

Etienne Bucher
Plant genome dynamics in a changing climate: Stress adaptation and crop breeding

12:50 - 13:10

Michal Lieberman-Lazarovich
DNA methylation and heat stress in tomato

13:10 - 13:30

Marco Catoni
Pack-Type Transposable Elements and genome plasticity in plants

13:50 - 14:10

Matthias Benoit
Contribution of transposable elements to structural variation and phenotypic adaptation in tomato

13:50 - 14:10

Angela Cicatelli Epigenetic analysis in potato manured with compost or mineral fertilizers

14:10 - 14:20

Flash talks from selected abstracts

Day 3 - 14.07.21

Session 3
Epigenetic stress memory and epigenome evolution

Chairpersons: Cristina Vettori, Pilar Testillano

10:00 - 10:30

Stephane Maury
DNA methylation, plasticity and memory in trees

10:30 - 10:50

Frank Johannes
Spontaneous epimutations in plants

10:50 - 11:10

Zaigham Sahzad
Epimutations mediate phenotypic evolution in natural populations

11:10 - 11:30

Francesco Guarino
Epigenetic diversity of natural clonal Arundo donax L. populations

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee break & Poster view

12:00 - 12:30

Estelle Jaligot
Making shortcuts: investigating the role of small non-coding RNAs during in vitro tissue culture of the oil palm

12:30 - 12:50

Erna Karalija
Enhancement of heavy metal tolerance in plants by seed priming

12:50 - 13:10

Hans Hoenicka
Resistance priming of forest tree species

13:10 - 13:20

Flash talks from selected abstracts

13:20 - 13:30